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‘Florida cuts unemployment benefits to pay for?

You guessed it, corporate tax cuts’

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Via: Think Progress

Florida Republicans this weekend also succeeded in reducing their state’s unemployment benefits, sending a bill to Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) for his signature:

A bill that would establish some of the deepest and most far-reaching cuts in unemployment benefits in the nation is heading for the desk of Gov. Rick Scott…The legislation would cut maximum state benefits to 23 weeks from 26 when the jobless rate is 10.5 percent or higher. If lower, the maximum would decline on a sliding scale until bottoming at 12 weeks if the jobless rate was 5 percent or less.

As the National Employment Law Project pointed out, with this bill, Florida will “go further than any other state in DISMANTLING its unemployment insurance system.”

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Adding insult to injury, the money saved from cutting unemployment benefits will be used to reduce business taxes in a state where the corporate tax rate is already exceedingly low.

Scott had been looking to cut corporate taxes even further, but was rebuffed by the legislature.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/08/florida-benefits-corporate/

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earlier blog:

‘Is Governor Rick Scott a Grifter?’

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/q-is-governor-rick-scott-a-grifter-aoh-hell-yeah/

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May 9, 2011 - Posted by | Rick Scott, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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